Most of us watch our diets, take our vitamins and sip on hot tea to keep ourselves healthy throughout the winter. But there’s another traditional tonic making its way to the table and getting its fair share of praise for a number of health benefits, from supporting immunity to brain function and more.
Golden milk--a traditional tonic made from turmeric, black pepper, and coconut oil--has been prescribed by Chinese and Ayurveda health practitioners for centuries. Now, modern science seems to be backing what the ancients already knew. It turns out that the main ingredient in golden milk—turmeric—delivers a powerful compound called curcumin that is proving effective in helping maintain good health.
Curcumin has been found to be one of the most powerful ingredients found in nature. High in antioxidants, curcumin exhibits powerful anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-aging properties.
In addition to supporting immunity, curcumin has also been shown to promote brain function—which may explain why golden milk has been prescribed as a treatment for mood disorders and insomnia by alternative healers for centuries.
Black pepper plays an important role in the benefits of golden milk. Known mainly as a table condiment by westerners, many people are unaware that the flavorful spice we take for granted also may promote digestive health, weight loss, and respiratory health. It also is high in minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and manganese. Pepper helps the human body to absorb selenium, B-vitamins, and beta-carotene and is high in antioxidants like vitamins A and C. More important still, is that black pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin, allowing the human body to absorb more than if it were consumed without black pepper.
Coconut milk and coconut oil also are known to promote health in the human body. Coconuts deliver a hefty supply of lauric acid, which upon consumption is converted to monolaurin, a monoglyceride that may destroy certain viruses. Coconut milk and coconut oil are rich in vitamins B1, B3, B5 and B6, C and E and minerals such as calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Some recipes call for other ingredients like ginger, cardamom and use oils such sesame or a milk such as almond rather than coconut. It is the combination of turmeric, black pepper and coconut milk and oil that increases the absorption of the minerals and medicinal properties and make this tonic the go-to for many alternative medicine enthusiasts.
To get your hands on a piping hot cup of golden milk you need to look no further than your kitchen—you’ll probably have the necessary ingredients in your pantry or can easily find them at your local grocery store. Golden milk is easy to make and store.
First, you'll need to make the turmeric paste.
Turmeric Paste Ingredients:
- ¼ Cup Turmeric
- ½ Tsp. Black Pepper
- ½ Cup Water
Simply mix turmeric with black pepper and to water in a saucepan and heat on medium to make a turmeric paste that can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
When you need a dose of Golden Milk, follow the below recipe to give your immune system an added boost.
Golden Milk Ingredients:
- 1 Cup Milk (Dairy, Coconut, Almond, Soy, etc)
- ½ Tsp. Turmeric Paste
- 1 Tsp. Coconut Oil
- Honey to Taste
Heat up milk and stir in turmeric paste, coconut oil, and sweeten with honey to taste.
Whip up a batch of turmeric paste and start enjoying the immediate benefits of a delicious cup of golden milk.
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